Clergy are called to lead God’s people in diverse contexts that have their own unique decisions. How do we discern the path and the next right step? How do we learn to make better decisions in our personal lives and in our ministry contexts? In this course, we will explore the aspects of discernment in making choices and also learn new vocabulary and skills for our ministry toolbox that may be applied to our life and work.
This course will give participants practice in at least three of the 15 Indicators of Vital Ministry outlined in the Bishops’ Call to Action
#6 – Develop personal knowledge, skills and abilities to continuously improve and grow oneself.
#10 – Influence the actions and behaviors of others to accomplish changes in the local church
#12 – Propel the local church to set and achieve significant goals through effective leadership.
The course uses a narrative peer group form of learning in which leans on “’participant knowledge,’ in contrast to ‘spectator knowledge. Each person’s input into the dialogue creates the learning.
There will be no more than 8 participants in the cohort to make space for substantial conversation.
The course will meet on five Tuesdays – January 14, February 4, March 3 & 31, April 28. We will meet via Zoom from 2:00-4:00 pm (EST).
There will be reading and written work for each session, except for the first session which will be an introduction to the course. Each participant commits to write one narrative case study about a decision facing the participant and/or the church context. The case studies will be exchanged between the participants. Using the WRAP process, a skill discussed in the course, participants will be asked to write a 1-2-page reflection applying the process to the case study.
There is no financial cost for participating in the course for participants in the Bishop’s Emerging Leadership Initiative, other than the purchase of two books, Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen and Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath. Participants are expected to commit to completing the course requirements as a condition of enrollment.